Olivia Munn sure is making a name for herself around Hollywood. This once famous co-host of Attack of The Show has been landing some pretty cush acting gigs. After a break-out role in The Newsroom, she hustled her way in Kevin Hart’s Ride Along 2 just before boarding the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse – playing the butt-kicking femme fatale Psylocke. And now, this actress/model/self-professed geeky gal, has earned herself into another huge IP. She’s hopped onto Shane Black‘s Predator reboot-quel.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Predator “plunks the alien hunter — whom audiences have seen fight in jungles, concrete jungles, frozen wastelands and alien planets — in the harsh environment of … suburbia.” Boyd Holbrook has been set to play a Special Forces commando, while Munn will step into the role of a scientist.
A scientist, eh? Guess those expecting a woman commando as the lead in a Predator have got to be feeling a little disappointed (eh, maybe she’ll be a butt-kick scientist?). Perhaps, though, not as disappointed in hearing about the films premise. Predator: The Burbs, an anticipated reboot-quel does not make.
Although fuller details remain under wraps, Black, who is co-writing The Predator with Fred Dekker as well as directing, has spoken out about what he wants his film to be:
“I think the Predator movies have slightly veered from typical sci-fi in that there is a sort of thriller aspect to them,” he said recently. “I think it should be scary, I think it should be funny, and I think ultimately it should be wondrous and about perceiving things that human beings very seldom get a chance to see.”
This is sounding a lot less like Predator and a lot more like Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Is Shane Black sure he knows what franchise he’s rebooting? Oh, well, yes…
Black is quick to remind how connected this new iteration is with the films that came before it, particularly the first one starring Arnold Schwarzenegger:
“I think it has to stand on its own two feet, but our goal is to make sure it acknowledges that, yeah, it is 30 years later in the continuity of the story,” he said. “In other words, Dutch Schaefer’s patrol, which was attacked and largely slaughtered, happened 30 years ago in the context of the story. It’s referenced, it’s part of the mythology
Shooting on The Predator is expected to kick off in February for release on February 9, 2018.